Category: News and Politics

A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism

A Friend of Mine Was Jumped This Weekend While Standing Up Against Racism
So I’m going to tell you a story.  I’m not going to reveal the name of the person whom relayed the story to me, but I will reveal the name of the establishment where the event happened.  The story is being recounted from text messages, exchanged on this past Sunday morning. And the story starts... Read more »

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

April 4, 1968: The Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
When I still taught history, I made it a point to expose my students to this speech.  My favorite of all his speeches, but also the most heart-wrenching of the lot in my opinion. My students would often conjecture, as do I, whether his words signaled that he knew the end was near, or whether... Read more »

Did You Hear It???

Did You Hear It???
If you were out and about in Chicago today, you may have heard a disturbing sound.  It was the jingle jangle of a thousand lost souls… …. …. …. …WHO DIDN’T VOTE IN YESTERDAY’S ELECTION! To quote the Chicago Sun-Times: As of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, with 97.39 percent of precincts reporting, voter turnout was 31.35 percent. The record... Read more »
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I Had Court Today And It Was Wholly Ridiculous

I Had Court Today And It Was Wholly Ridiculous
I had court today.  So let’s start by answering the question burning in your brain due to the previous statement. I received a ticket for having a burned out headlamp.  Yes, one of my headlights was out. It was a Monday evening, January 28, 2019 to be exact.  It was prior to my recent move... Read more »

Jussie Smollett and The Cult of Celebrity

Jussie Smollett and The Cult of Celebrity
cult of celebrity noun phrase Definition of cult of celebrity : the tendency of people to care too much about famous people. He criticizes the way journalists promote the cult of celebrity in modern America. Unless you’ve been hiding under a very sizeable rock the last few weeks, and especially today, you’re familiar with the ongoing saga of Jussie... Read more »

Gillette and the Kind of Men We Want To Be in 2019

Gillette and the Kind of Men We Want To Be in 2019
Life is about evolution in my humble opinion.  Nothing in life remains static.  We, and the world around us is constantly changing.  At this juncture, it feels like those changes are so rapid, and sometimes people bristle in the wake of rapid change. The Gillette “Toxic Masculinity” ad took some of these changes head-on. I,... Read more »
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The Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Ald. Burke, Resulting In The Most Chicago Headline of 2019

The Fraternal Order of Police Endorse Ald. Burke, Resulting In The Most Chicago Headline of 2019
My friend, Hilary, messaged me on Facebook 2 days ago with a message that read, “The most Chicago news headline ever!” Attached was the article, Burke campaigns, gets FOP endorsement, while facing extortion charges I don’t like using phrases like “s**t show” in mixed company, but if any situation warranted being called such, this one would... Read more »

Van Dyke Evades Justice and Crook County Strikes Again

Van Dyke Evades Justice and Crook County Strikes Again
There is no worse feeling than that in which you feel that you have no equal protection under the law. That is exactly what occurred yesterday when Jason Van Dyke, a convicted murder was sentenced to 6 years in jail, 2 mandatory. Van Dyke’s crime…killing a 17 year old kid while serving in his duty... Read more »

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence

The 6th Annual National Vigil for All Victims of Gun Violence
Yesterday was the 6th anniversary of the Sandy Hook Tragedy.  6 years ago, on December 14th, a 20-year-old man walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and gunned down 20 six and seven year olds, as well as 6 adults. The weakness of blogging is that sometimes it cannot convey the emotional, breadth, and levity of words. ... Read more »
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Chicago Mayoral Candidates Discuss The Great Displacement

Monday night, I had the pleasure of attending the mayoral forum “The Great Displacement: Candidate Forum on Reversing African-American Pushout and Building a Chicago for the Many,” hosted by the Chicago Teachers Union. Up to this point, I had not seen any of the previous mayoral debates or forums, so I was excited to see,... Read more »